These early reports bode well for the upcoming tournament season and hopefully your plans include being among those who will gather in Cape May, New Jersey and Ocean City, Maryland the week of August 20-25 for the 2017 MidAtlantic! Now in its 26th year, this event continues to grow on all fronts but most importantly participants and cash purse. Last year 157 boats vied for a total cash purse of well over $3.1 million and among the winners was James Smith of Stuart, Florida who bagged the largest payout of the tournament of nearly $750 thousand for the heaviest white marlin of 77 pounds taken aboard his MJOLNIR. Bob Nabrzeski of Lighthouse Point, Florida aboard his Easy Rider also did well as he cashed a check for well over $530 thousand for his blue marlin category winning 754 pounder while Stuart Hichner of Barnegat Light, New Jersey aboard his Pez Machine nabbed a 230-pound tuna which netted him $374 thousand. In fact, the three winners of the tuna category each won cash prizes in the six-figure category including the third place payout of over $176 thousand! While other events consider wahoo and dolphin by-catch, landing the winner of either in those categories at the MidAtlantic could net some serious cash. Last year Edward Bondarchuck’s Lighthouse Point, Florida-based Moore Bills won over $69 thousand for a 75-pound wahoo while Ed Dunn’s DA Sea out of Grasonville, Maryland pocketed over $44 thousand for a 35-pound dolphin!
Worthy of note is the expansion of port caps to 95 boats in both Cape May and Ocean City for 2017 hasn’t deterred participants from pre-registering for this year’s MidAtlantic and entries are up significantly from this date last year. As Tournament Week approaches, dockage space at both tournament venues, Canyon Club Resort Marina in Cape May and Sunset Marina in Ocean City, Maryland, the event’s official satellite port, will no doubt get tight so those looking to tie-up at either marina should act now to reserve there spot in the lineup.
From its inception in 1992, The MidAtlantic has set the standard for dockside service and hospitality and this year is no different. In Cape May the Big Top tournament tent is home for the week where crews gather each
night and enjoy buffet dinners and adult beverages while sharing stories of fish boated and those that got away. Additionally, several special events are already set while others are still being planned for participants to partake in on their non-fishing, referred to as Lay Days, during the tournament. One of the most exciting and sure to be one which will draw plenty of interest for crews in Cape May is the rare opportunity to drive a legend in the sports car industry. This year’s MidAtlantic Luxury Automobile Sponsor, Algar Ferrari of Philadelphia, will be offering VIP test drives of their turbocharged 8-cylinder, 560 HP California “T” Ferrari exclusively in Cape May during the tournament. For further information contact Algar Ferrari at [email protected] or call 610-527-1100 for details.
In other sponsor news, Johnson and Towers, the MidAtlantic’s Premier Engine Sponsor, will be displaying in Cape May the brand new MTU 10V2000 M96L engine rated at 1622 MHP. This latest offering from MTU is now available for purchase and installation and meets Tier III EPA requirements without sacrificing fuel burn and horsepower. It also boasts an excellent power to weight ratio and has similar operating characteristics to the MTU 12V2000 M96L and 16V2000 M96L engines which have already proved to be successful in the sportfishing market.
The Sponsor’s Midway lines the Big Top tournament tent in Cape May and there you’ll find the latest in equipment and services from MidAtlantic tournament sponsors. Many of the industry’s biggest names are already onboard for this year’s event and most will have displays set up for the participant’s perusal. Among those already committed is Pelagic, the first name if offshore fishing apparel, who will be displaying its complete line of offshore action gear throughout the tournament. Additionally, Penn Reels will again have a technician on site trouble shooting and repairing tournament participant’s Penn reels while their staff also will be showing the latest in their line of quality rods and reels under the tent in Cape May. New to the MidAtlantic sponsor lineup is Converse Offshore of West Palm Beach, Florida, an Exhibiting Sponsor this year who will have on display in Cape May their latest offering of rods, rod components and accessory gear.
For further information or tournament sponsorship information contact Tournament Director Aaron Hoffman at 609-884-0177 or visit the tournament’s official web site at www.themidatlantic.com where you’ll find all the information on this year’s event including a schedule, rules, calcutta breakdown and printable tournament brochure and entry form. You can also follow the tournament on Facebook at The MidAtlantic Tournament and on Twitter @midatl and also on Instagram @themidatlantictournament.